Deborah Ross interviewed Marcia Greenberger on June 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project.
Marcia Greenberger is founder and Co-President of the National Womenâs Law Center, established in 1972 to advocate for gender equality in education, jobs, economic security, and health. Under her leadership, the NWLC has worked to improve the lives of women, girls and families by backing laws to prohibit pregnancy discrimination in employment and to provide compensation for victims of sexual harassment. Marcia was the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C. In her interview, she describes becoming aware of discrimination against women and Jews during college and as she entered law school at the height of the Vietnam War. Caught up in the turbulent 1960s, she committed herself to seeking social change, a goal rooted in the Jewish values her parents had taught her and in President John F. Kennedy's call to service
During 2010 and 2011, Deborah Ross decided to interview a number of Jewish women living and working in and around Washington, D.C. Having lived in the area for over three decades, she wondered how these women, many of them the firsts in their fields, all of them distinguished, understood their Jewish identity. In other words, she wrote, "not, 'What makes us Jewish?' but 'What does being Jewish make us'"? Over a year's time, working as a volunteer, she interviewed nine women on video.
The complete video recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive. To see the online exhibit based on this project, visit Jewish Women's Archive/DC stories